The "main housing duty"

Where the council has been unable to prevent or relieve homelessness and is satisfied that an applicant is eligible for assistance, in priority need, and unintentionally homeless then it owes the main housing duty.

However, the main duty is not owed where an applicant has:

  • turned down a suitable final accommodation or final Part 6 offer made by the authority in under the relief duty, or
  • been served a notice of deliberate and unreasonable refusal to cooperate with a step in the personalised housing plan.

The council can end the main housing duty in a number of ways including with a suitable offer of accommodation in the private rented sector.

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